Educating and mobilizing parents and caregivers across the nation around healthy kids and communities. Our work focuses on healthy schools and public spaces, marketing to kids, healthy drinks, dismantling the school to prison pipeline; amplifying resilience and decreasing trauma with social-emotional development practices in grades K-12.
Maine’s current youth incarceration system is a largely ineffective burden on taxpayers. Each year the state funnels millions of taxpayer dollars into youth prisons. This amounts to approximately $250,000 each year to incarcerate each young person in a state youth prison. While conversely the state only spends approximately 13,000 to send a child to school each year. That is 19 times more spent on incarcerating young people versus educating them. Continuing to spend millions of dollars into youth incarceration is harmful and ineffective. By closing Long Creek Youth prison, we have the opportunity to reinvest in a new model of youth justice that promotes healing and community well being.
We, and especially our elected leaders, must immediately invest in communities and shift resources away from policing, where a deadly mix of white supremacy and violence remains unchecked.
Tell us what you're doing with data the new Echo for kids will gather from our children!
MomsRising wants to hear from YOU about how work-related requirements in order to access SNAP would affect your family now or when you were on this program in the past. Tell us your story!